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The importance of mental health in books
Many of the awesome peeps who are part of the online book community—especially those special people who read and adore YA—are so welcoming and accepting, so I’m sure you all already know why good representation of mental health issues in fiction is super important, but here are a few reasons I think reading books about mental health is a great idea.
1) it makes you feel less alone. Knowing that you’re not the only person to face these kinds of things can be so comfort.
2) it can help us understand others and what they’re going through. Knowing what someone else is going through and how you can or can’t help makes you feel better and it makes them feel better knowing you have their back and you’ll be there to support them.
3) it reminds you that it’s not your fault and that it’s ok to ask for help. Asking for help is probably the most important message these books can send. It can be hard—trust me, I know—but it will be better.
Favourite book with mental health issues
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I, like so many other readers out there, really related to Cath and the story of Fangirl, and there’s a reason for that. I think this books is a great representation of social anxiety and living and studying away from home can really amplify it—something I myself have felt. You’re completely out of your comfort zone, often away from the people and places you feel comfortable and safe around. It can hinder you, more than you realise, and alter what could’ve been a great experience of this new situation. This book also shows how anyone can be affected by symptoms of anxiety and depression under certain circumstances, like how much pressure you can come under studying at university. And, finally, is it shows that you can affectively help someone else facing mental health issues.
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